Reinstate a suspended driver’s licence
How to get a driver’s licence back after it has been suspended in Ontario.
Types of suspensions
You can lose your driver’s licence for many reasons – but every suspension is considered serious.
Your licence could be suspended:
- at the side of the road (a roadside suspension)
- a court could order a suspension
- if you receive a suspension letter from the Ministry of Transportation
A court will order a suspension if you are convicted of violating certain driving-related laws.
Your driver’s licence could be suspended if you:
- have alcohol in your blood
- fail or refuse to give a breath sample when asked by police
- break the graduated licensing rules for new (‘novice’) drivers
- fail to insure your vehicle
- fail to stop for a police officer and court believes that you tried to escape police
- accumulate too many demerit points on your driving record
- fail to attend a demerit point interview on your driving record
- the result of a demerit point interview is unsatisfactory
- fail to pay claim/court judgement
- fail to attend the remedial measures program
- fail to file a vision report
- do not pay court-ordered child or spousal support
- do not pay a traffic fine when ordered by a court
- have a medical condition that a doctor believes could affect your ability to drive safely
- are convicted of certain driving-related offences (e.g., careless driving, driving 50 km or more over the speed limit)
What you need to reinstate
Before you can get a new licence, you will need to:
Step 1: pay any outstanding fines.
Step 2: complete any court processes/court-ordered programs needed to clear the suspension.
Step 3: gather any documents that state that the suspension has been lifted (e.g., a Notice of Suspension letter, a medical letter, an affidavit).
Once a suspension is lifted, you can renew your driver’s licence.
How to get a new licence
To get a new driver’s licence, visit:
- a DriveTest centre
- the ServiceOntario College Park location in downtown Toronto
Bring original identification that verifies your legal name, date of birth and your signature.
$150 reinstatement fee (does not apply if your licence was suspended for a medical reason)
Plus applicable fees for the written test and road tests, if you need to take them.
If your licence has been suspended for more than one year, you need to take certain tests.
1-3 years suspended: you need to take an eye test.
3-10 years suspended: you need to take:
- A written knowledge test
- An eye test
- Two road tests (G1 and G2). You can book your first road test as soon as you pass your knowledge and eye tests. You can book your G2 road test, as soon as you pass your G1 road test
10+ years suspended: you need to re-apply as a new driver and re-take all required tests. You cannot fast-track and need to serve all mandatory waiting periods.